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Can someone help a novice with a DVD question re: regional??

by johnhunter44 / January 23, 2006 8:09 PM PST

Can someone explain what is meant by "regional dvd" and "codes to hack and unlock"...what does this mean? Also, please answer this, I am going to buy an hd tv and presently have an older sony dvd player. It has component out, which gives me a good picture on my present tv, which is a standard sony 27". Will this player look worse on any new HD tv (probably plasma) and how much better will one of these new upconverting DVD players be? Will the picture from one of those be better on an hdtv than the picture I am looking at now from my standard DVD into my standard 27" sony tv?

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Region codes. . .
by Coryphaeus / January 23, 2006 8:50 PM PST

are for playing DVDs in a certain region of the world. The US is region 1. Unless you plan to take the player out of the US, or try to play DVDs created in, say, Russia, don't worry about it. Hacking the codes involves changing the region code. Some players can be "hacked" to change the codes. And unless you really know what you're doing, and how to access the firmware of the player, you can render the player unusable.

Don't wast your money on upconverters. You'll not see a difference. Trust me.


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Up-converting DVD
by RoadRunner6 / January 24, 2006 7:51 AM PST

Yes, there are many people who have bought these players and are disappointed. I don't have one myself because I am still with EDTV and they make a bigger improvement with HDTV. However, I have read a lot about them.

It seems that some combinations of HDTV's and particular DVD's do work well and many do not. It is getting too technical here to list the reasons.

My recommendation based on my reading is to only buy the top rated up-converting DVD's. I am talking about Denon and Panasonic that are two excellent brands for these type of DVD players. Two best buys are the Panasonic DVD-S77S and DVD-S97S, which also include DVD-Audio. These are somewhat hard to find but have received excellent reviews. They are in the $250-$300 list range. They are available online from 4.5 and 5 star dealers in the $200-$250 range.

Just make sure you can return the unit if you are not satisfied. Then you can test it and compare it to your existing player. Stay away from the cheaper players under $200 like the Samsung.

I think as important is to buy a quality HDTV plasma. Stay away from the cheapo brands and stick with the quality familiar Japanese mamufacturers only!


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